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December 15, 2019

Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending December 13th, 2019.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th. Closed Session begins at 5:00 P.M., followed by the Special Meeting of the Housing Authority at 6:25 P.M. The Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council will begin at 6:30 P.M.  The agenda may be found by clicking this link: December 17th City Council Agenda.

District Elections: Fourth Public Hearing
The City of Richmond is moving from at-large elections to district-based elections for City Council. Please join us on Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30 P.M. for the fourth public hearing at the City Council Chamber (440 Civic Center Plaza) to share your input on the proposed district maps that are being considered for City Council elections.

La Ciudad de Richmond se está moviendo de elecciones generales hacia elecciones de distrito de votación para el Concejo Municipal. Por favor únase con nosotros el martes, 17 de diciembre a las 6:30 P.M. para la cuarta sesión pública en la Cámara del Concejo Municipal (440 Civic Center Plaza). Esta sesión va ser para que la comunidad comparta su opinión acerca de los mapas de distritos can están sido considerados para las elecciones del Concejo Municipal.

  • Holiday Closure

City Hall Holiday Closure Tuesday, December 24th – Wednesday, January 1st

Richmond City Hall and other programs and facilities will be closed during the week between the Christmas holiday and the New Year’s holiday (Tuesday, December 24th through Wednesday, January 1st). City offices will re-open Thursday, January 2, 2020.  During this period, there will be a substantially reduced maintenance capability.  As always, City staff members will be available to respond to emergencies.

Rent Program Holiday Closure Monday, December 23rd – Wednesday, January 1st

The Rent Program office will be closed for the holidays beginning Monday, December 23, 2019, through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The office will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:00 A.M.

Rent Program staff members look forward to continuing to serve the community in the New Year.

  • Upcoming Events

The Richmond Rent Program Community Workshop is Presenting – Handling Habitability Problems

As part of its continuing outreach to Tenants and Landlords who would like to learn more about rental housing rules and regulations, the City of Richmond Rent Program is offering the following workshops:

Handling Habitability Problems (Landlord-focused Workshop)
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

This workshop is designed for Landlords who would like to learn more about handling habitability problems.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Housing Inspections
  • Relocation Payment Assistance (Substantial Repairs)
  • Rent Adjustment Petitions
  • Tenant Responsibilities Under the Law
  • Termination of Tenancy for Breach of Lease/Nuisance
  • Providing and Receiving Lawful Entry to Rental Units
  • Documentation and Providing Written Notice
  • Landlord Responsibilities Under the Law

Space is limited - RSVP today:

[Please note the following: To locate future community workshop dates, you may access the Rent Program Community Workshop calendar at

Contra Costa Census West Regional Training Workshop

Contra Costa Census 2020 needs YOU to ensure a complete count. Come get the training you need to be a knowledgeable trusted messenger!

About this Event

The future of your community starts here! The census provides a once-a-decade count of every person in the United States. This count determines representation in Congress and funding for our communities including roads, affordable housing, schools, and parks.

Contra Costa County’s Census 2020 Complete Count Steering (Committee) has been building a network of trusted messengers to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. In order to get a complete count, it will require strong collaboration between the County, cities, and community partners. As part of this effort, the Committee has awarded Census Outreach and Assistance Grants totaling $280,000 to about 55 organizations throughout the county to ensure a complete and accurate count.

The Committee is hosting a series of Regional Census Training Workshops to better understand the importance of the Census, learn about outreach resources and tools, and how to help our community members complete the Census form. The Training Workshops are mandatory for Contra Costa County grantees and open to anyone interested in assisting in census outreach and education in Contra Costa County. We encourage you to participate in a workshop to get the training you need to be a knowledgeable, trusted Census 2020 messenger.

The West County Regional Training Workshop information is below.

Monday, December 16, 2019
4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

Please register at The workshop is mandatory for Contra Costa County grantees. Spanish language translation and refreshments will be provided.

Santa, Richmond Nutcracker & Holiday Lights are Downtown! ~ Wednesday, December 18th

This holiday season the Winters Building becomes a Winter Wonderland!

Richmond Main Street & East Bay Center for the Performing Arts invite families from the Iron Triangle and surrounding communities to come out to the Downtown Holiday Festival on Wednesday, December 18th, from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., at 339 11th Street, to enjoy this unique holiday celebration complete with festive music, Santa visits, “A Richmond Nutcracker”, tasty snacks, caroling, Ask a Doc, free books, the magical illumination of Macdonald Avenue, and more!

Admission is free and made possible through the partnership between Richmond Main Street Initiative and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, with generous support from the Mechanics Bank, LifeLong Medical Care, and Sims Metal Management with generous support from City of Richmond, NIAD Art Center, Kaiser Richmond, West County Reads, Friends of the Richmond Public Library, and individual donors.

For more information and event schedule, visit or call (510) 236-4049.

Community Services Department’s 4th Annual Holiday Food Drive

The Community Services Department’s (CSD) 4th Annual Holiday Food Drive has launched! We are collecting non-perishable goods for the holiday season, with all donations benefiting the Bay Area Rescue Mission. Most needed items include: stuffing mix, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, cooking oil, coffee, sugar, honey, maple syrup, and spices. Until December 20th, food drive barrels will be located at various city facilities in Richmond, as listed below:

  • Booker T. Anderson Community Center
  • Community Services Building 440 Civic Center Plaza
  • Developing Personal Resources Center (DPRC)
  • May Valley Community Center
  • Nevin Community Center
  • Parchester Village Community Center
  • Recreation Complex
  • Richmond Annex Senior Center
  • Richmond City Hall
  • Richmond Memorial Auditorium
  • Richmond Public Library (Bayview Branch)
  • Richmond Public Library (West Side Branch)
  • Richmond Senior Center
  • Richmond Swim Center
  • Acknowledgements

Another City of Richmond Employee Joins the EV Ownership Club!

Jeff Silva -DIMO Stationary Engineer and his 2018 Chevy Bolt

Jeff Silva wanted to buy an electric vehicle because he drives from Brentwood to Richmond every day.  His old vehicle used 23 gallons of fuel a week, which cost about $80 dollars resulting in almost 20 pounds of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.   Jeff also installed solar panels on his home so he can produce his own electricity.  The electricity that is generated by the solar panels is used to charge his new electric vehicle at home and helps to reduce his family’s dependence on fossil fuels for energy production.  By purchasing an electric car, Jeff was happy to save money by not having to purchase fuel and to do his part to reduce the amount of pollutants emitted into the air.  

LEAP honors their Volunteers

On Thursday, December 5th, the Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) had the pleasure of celebrating our wonderful volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the students were able to achieve the success they sought when choosing to continue their education at LEAP. LEAP volunteers contributed over 3,500 service hours last year to our program allowing us to serve over 462 Richmond residents last fiscal year! Thank you LEAP volunteers for your unwavering commitment to our program!

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for LEAP please contact Jessica Angulo at (510) 307-8009 or


American Red Cross Celebrates Partnership with the City of Richmond

Recently, the American Red Cross (ARC) Leadership Council gathered to celebrate and recognize Contra Costa County partnerships in making this year’s emergency preparedness and response efforts a success in impacting lives and the community.

The City of Richmond was recognized for being proactive in training Community Services Department staff in shelter management and operations to better serve the Richmond community when catastrophic emergencies and disasters strike.

The celebratory event highlighted ARC’s 2019 partnership activities and incidents including:

  • Sound the Alarm Events: This year over 800 smoke detectors were installed in vulnerable neighborhoods throughout the county, with 200 installed in Richmond (Parchester Village).
  • Incident Responses, including the recent sheltering of fire survivors in east county, Crockett, Martinez, Moraga
  • Volunteer agencies and individuals who stepped up to aid ARC efforts

The ARC Leadership Council serves as the Red Cross Ambassador in the community to expand their presence, deepen relationships, and to connect and understand community needs so counties are better prepared and resilient in times of emergencies.

For more information about the American Red Cross, visit:

Pictured (L-R): Anne O (Supervisor Mitchoff, Chief of Staff), Hope Lattell, Ranjana Maharaj, Genevieve Pastor-Cohen, and Jennifer Lucas (American Red Cross Disaster Program Manager)

  • City Manager Chronicles

It’s easy, on the clear and warm days of late spring and summer, when the sun shines long and the poppies dot the emerald hills with their vermillion orange splashes, to be appreciative of the world around us.  Not so much on rainy Fridays in December when each day grows shorter; when, if we didn’t know better we might think that the ever-shortening days will eventually and completely close in on us.  But there is some good news here!  December, while dark, is also a time for close gatherings.  It’s a time when friends and family huddle together around a dinner table, make cookies together, or watch an important football game.  This is sweater weather.  These are the days when there’s more time for conversation, and more time for consideration.  These are the days when we might not appreciate the world so much, but we do appreciate its people and those in our lives.  This is the season when we take care of our loved ones, and in so doing, ourselves.  Happy holidays to all!

  • City Manager’s Office

District Mapping Workshops - Your District, Your Map!

On December 5th, 2019, the City of Richmond held a community workshop at Hilltop Community Church to share information about Richmond's move from at-large to district-based elections and receive input on submitted map designs.

The City of Richmond is hosting an upcoming community workshop on Tuesday, December 10th from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at Booker T. Anderson Community Center (960 S 47th St, Richmond, CA 94804).

For more information, contact (510) 620-6512 or visit
Para información en español, contacte al (510) 620-6512.


Transportation Services Division Updates

Are you interested in learning more about what services the City of Richmond’s Transportation Services Division is working on for you?

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Drive Clean Bay Area

Enjoy Additional End-of-the-Year Incentives on Electric Vehicles with Drive Clean Bay Area.

When you drive electric, you save time on your commute in the HOV lane, save money on low fuel costs, and save the planet. With Drive Clean Bay Area’s EV Preferred Pricing Program available through December 31, 2019, driving electric is more affordable than ever, with additional end-of-the-year incentives. In addition, when you opt up and plug in to MCE Deep Green, you’ll cut your carbon footprint in half. The City of Richmondis proud to partner with Drive Clean Bay Area to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in the Bay Area.


For more information please contact
Annika Osborn
Community Outreach& Program Manager
(415) 286-1007

Zip Car is now in Richmond

Throughout 2020, residents of Contra Costa County can join Zipcar and receive the first year of membership free as well as qualify for up to a $100 driving credit after joining.   It is simple to join, reserve vehicles, and drive.
Go to for more details and to sign up!
For more information please contact Denée Evans at (510) 621-1718.

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Attention existing Neighborhood Parking Permit Holders!

Transportation Services is now accepting online renewals for the 2020 Permits! If you live in an area that has already submitted a signed community petition to opt into the program, and currently have permit parking signs posted on your street(s), you are eligible to purchase your 2020 annual permits through your existing online accounts.

Online Registration is Easy:

  • Go to: 
  • Enter your email address and password
  • Update your vehicle registration  information
  • Pay online for your 2020 residential parking permits.

Walk in registrations

  • Will be accepted by appointment only after Monday, January 7, 2020.
  • To schedule appointment call (510) 621-1718, or email:

Are you interested in adding permit parking to your street?



Recycling and Bulky Item Disposal Options

The Environmental and Health Initiatives Division encourage residents to consider the options below for disposing of bulky items, bagged items, and household hazardous waste (HHW). Information about all of the programs listed can be found by visiting, Thank you for taking the time to properly dispose of bulky items, HHW, and other materials in an environmentally responsible manner.

Richmond Bulky Item Pick-up

Richmond Single-family, Duplex and Multi-Family (3-19 units) residents can receive a free Bulky Item pick-up. A limited number of items can be collected.
Please contact Republic Services, (510) 262-7100, at least one week in advance to reserve your Clean-up day. Multi-family property owners or managers must call to schedule a collection. Due to space limitations of our waste collection vehicles, Clean-up day scheduling will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Free Mattress Drop-off

Richmond residents are eligible to bring three mattresses per month at no cost to the West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 101 Pittsburg Ave, Richmond. Please bring proof of residency.

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Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off:
Richmond residents have two locations for disposing of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) conveniently and for free. Please bring proof of residency. For more information on acceptable items, visit or call 1-(888)-412-9277.

  • West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Facility

101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801
Open Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.  (Closed Noon - 12:30 pm)
(888) 412-9277

  • El Cerrito Recycling Center

7501 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Open every Tuesday for HHW Disposal
8:00 A.M. - 5:45 P.M. 
(510) 215-4350


  • Community Services Department

IBX Fitness

Get ready to sweat it out with a new program in Richmond!

IBX Fitness is a new boot camp fitness program located at the Booker T. Anderson Community Center. Our workouts are designed to scale as you do, and we welcome people of all athletic abilities! We're a community-focused group with a diverse staff of instructors who know how to make you sweat and feel welcome! We offer drop-in, class packages, and monthly memberships.

For more details, check out and follow on social media!

Classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M., and Saturday from 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Looking forward to working out together!



  • Engineering and Capital Improvements Department (ECIP)

Streets Division

Staff performed storm patrol, installed speed bumps on Duboce Avenue from Fred Jackson Way to Kelsey Street, installed K-rail barricades on Castro and Hensley Streets, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.

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Speed Bump Installation on Duboce Avenue

Street crew filling potholes
Pothole Filling

Drainage Issue on East Scenic Avenue

Hauling illegal dumping & sweeper route spoils (2)
Hauling Illegal Dumping

Street sweeping staff performed commercial and residential sweeping services for the second Monday through Friday in the May Valley, Vista View, Clinton Hill I – IV, and East Richmond neighborhood areas.

Traffic Signs and Lines

Traffic Signs and Lines staff fabricated 14 new signs, installed six signs, repaired four signs, and installed four new poles.

New Sign Installation

Stop Sign Repair

  • Fire

Richmond Fire and Police Department Attend US Coast Guard Search & Rescue Orientation

Staff from the Richmond Fire Department and the Police Department Communications Center attended a search and rescue orientation at U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector San Francisco on Yerba Buena Island to forge our ongoing partnership for water search and rescue missions.

During the training, Captain Marc Palechek, Captain Ron Davis, Firefighter Dillon Lissol, Battalion Chief Noah Brownlow and Dispatchers Michael Lusk and Jaime Howe, received an introduction to how the USCG receives and dispatches assets, coordinates search patterns, staffs their seven bay area stations and communicates with partner agencies.

Richmond’s Fireboat Victory responds as part of a multi-agency cooperative program called the San Francisco Bay Search and Rescue Council to the report of people needing assistance or rescue in the marine or near marine environment. This agreement allows Richmond to leverage regional resources to better protect our community, including 32 miles of shoreline, the marina, the port, the ferry operation and other important infrastructure. The Richmond Fire Department also partners with USCG to respond to potential environmental emergencies to keep our waterways clean and accessible to the public.

Public Comment Period for Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The Richmond Fire Department Prevention Services Division has been working with the Diablo Fire Safe Council on the development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for the City of Richmond.

A CWPP is designed to address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, or structure protection. This plan assists a community to clarify and refine its priorities for the protection of life, property, and critical infrastructure in the wildland – urban interface including the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFHSZ).

To review the draft CWPP, please visit More information can be found at

A copy of the draft CWPP is also available for review at the Fire Administration Office, located at 440 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd floor, Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to NOON and 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  A copy is also available at the main library.

To submit a public comment electronically, please fill out the form at  by January 5, 2020. Alternatively, you may file a comment at the Fire Administration Office during business hours.

  • Information Technology

Website Statistics for the week of December 13, 2019

Total web page views increased by 25%
People reached increased by 26%
Post engagement increased by 35%
Followers are UP!


  • Infrastructure and Maintenance Operations (DIMO)

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance and Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced the air compressor at the Art Center for heating control, replaced the toilet supply hoses in the Police Department restrooms, fixed the control transformer in the Abatement locker room, repaired the heat pump at the Transit Center, repaired a urinal at the Recreation Complex, replaced the oven thermocouple at Fire Station #66, repaired the front door to the lobby at the Plunge, repaired the apparatus room heater at Fire Station #67, replaced the exhaust fan belts  and repaired a door at Civic Center Plaza, and installed a new sink inside the Dispatch Center.

Door Repair at 440 Civic Center Plaza

Utility Workers cleaned carpets at the Family Justice Center and within the Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) office, scrubbed and waxed floors at the Recreation Complex, set up meeting rooms, and serviced 29 city-owned facilities.

Carpet Cleaning

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews picked up trash along the Greenway, trimmed a tree near Fire Station #63, removed graffiti at Tiller Park, installed new “Park Rules” sign at Tiller Park, cleared drains at Civic Center Plaza, installed “No Dumping” signs on the corner of Griffin and McGlaughlin Avenue, repainted benches at 55th Street and Creeley Avenue sitting area, weed-abated Shields Reid Community Center and Park, removed trash from Nevin Plaza, cleaned the drainage ditches along the pathway and underpass along Macdonald Avenue, repaired Belding Garcia Playlot, repaired the restroom door at Southside Park, and performed pest control at multiple parks.

Park Bench Repair and Painting

Tree crews trimmed or cut trees on: 35th Street, South 47th Street, South 49th Street, Lowell Avenue, Mendocino, Valley View Road and at State Court Park.

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Tree Trimming

Marina Districtcrews raked leaves at Marina Bay Park, weed abatement in the parking lot of Marina Bay Park, removed refuse from all parks, pruned trees at Barbara Jay Vincent Park, removed dead shrubs and cleaned drains along the Marina Bay Trail, removed debris from Richmond Parkway, and removed graffiti throughout.

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Tree Pruning

Hilltop District crews continued general maintenance around the business area, continued replanting project at Bay Vista Park, continued weed abatement at Country Club Vista Park, completed weed abatement on Giant Road, and cleaned the v-ditch on Miner Avenue.

V-Ditch Cleaning

  • Planning Department

Student Ambassador Program Recruitment–Application Deadline December 16, 2019

Increasing community college student awareness of the 2020 Census

In 2020, the United States Census Bureau will conduct the Census. The Constitution-mandated Census counts populations and households every 10 years to provide data for apportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing federal aid to counties and communities. It is critical for Census counts to be accurate, but numerous barriers make that difficult to achieve.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) are supporting outreach efforts on Community College campuses to ensure that all Californians get the assistance and information they need to properly complete the Census. As the largest system of higher education in the nation, the California Community Colleges are in a unique position to reach students and their family members, including students in colleges located in hard-to-count regions of California and undocumented students.

Census 2020 Student Outreach Ambassadors

To support increased awareness of the 2020 Census, the Foundation is recruiting 50 student ambassadors from colleges in counties with high hard-to-count indexes to conduct outreach from January through May 2020. Students from Contra Costa College are encouraged to apply. The goal is for student ambassadors to address real and perceived barriers associated with completing the Census through canvassing and peer-to-peer conversations.

Each student ambassador will be supported by Foundation program staff and an on-campus advisor. All will receive comprehensive training to educate their peers on how to complete the Census and address frequently asked questions, as well as a $500 budget for event costs, collateral materials, a tablet, and a mobile internet device for onsite Census responses. Key ambassador activities include:

  • Conducting classroom presentations;
  • Hosting events or tabling at athletic events, orientations, activity fairs, and other campus events;
  • Connecting with and training other student leaders on campus;
  • Collaborating with student clubs, organizations, and student services such as health centers, foster youth liaisons, homeless youth liaisons, health and wellness centers, and food pantries;
  • Engaging in social media outreach;
  • Distributing collateral; and
  • Serving as regional spokespeople for campus and local media.

Deadline to apply is December 16, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. PST.

Census Student Network Activations

Colleges, college foundations, community-based organizations, campus clubs, student groups, resource centers, or other college centers who are affiliated with a California Community College in counties with high hard-to-count indexes are eligible to apply for sponsorships of up to $5,000. Sponsorships will help colleges lead outreach events on their campuses and in their community to promote and educate their community members about the Census. Organizations eligible for sponsorships include:

  • California Community Colleges Student Senate;
  • California Community Colleges Academic Senate;
  • Local campus offices of Student Life and Leadership;
  • Local student government, student leadership, and advocacy groups focused on         first-generation college students; and
  • Other clubs and organizations.

Deadline to apply is December 16, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. PST.

  • Richmond Promise

Career Coffee Chats – Mentor a Richmond Promise Scholar!

Richmond Promise invites you to become a part of our new career-exploration program, Career Coffee Chats! This program provides Richmond Promise Scholars and alumni access to professionals in their perspective fields to conduct informational interviews in order to gain industry knowledge, build a professional network, and discover potential internship and employment opportunities. In order to formally launch the program in December, our goal is to recruit at least 30 professionals who are interested in becoming available for informational interviews.

There is no long-term commitment and individuals choose their own availability. The application can be found at

Feel free to share company-wide and with your networks! For questions, email

Interested in applying for our 2019-20 Scholarship Application?

If you are interested in applying or learning more about the 2019-20 Richmond Promise Scholarship, please visit our home website at or click on the following link to begin your application --->

The Richmond Promise Scholarship is a $1,500 college scholarship, renewable for up to 4 years, with an additional 2 years available for students who want to petition for extra funding. Students may attend a 2-year or 4-year college, and/or pursue a Career Technical Education Certificate at any not-for-profit institution in the United States. 

To be eligible for the Richmond Promise Scholarship, you must:

  1. Be a resident of the City of Richmond, North Richmond, or Point Richmond (i.e. have a Richmond home address)
  2. Have graduated from an eligible high school within the West Contra Costa Unified School District boundary area or received your GED/high school equivalency this academic year or the year prior
  3. Have attended an eligible high school at least 9th-12th grade consecutively
  4. Complete the FAFSA/Dream Act by the March 2nd Cal Grant deadline (unless not AB 540 eligible)
  5. Submit a Richmond Promise Scholarship application by the application deadline

*Our 2019-2020 Richmond Promise Scholarship will be open from December 1st, 2019 – March 14th, 2020! 

Contact us at (510) 230-0422 or at if you have any questions!

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  • Water Resource Recovery

Re-Route the Existing 4” Plant Water Line to accommodate the Sludge Control Building Demolition

The routing of the relocated 4” Plant water line was reviewed with Plant personnel and a review of as-built drawings took place prior to excavation and installation. The installation began Monday, December 3rd, and continues. The trench has been excavated and the 4”HDPE main line has been fused and installed. Backfill of the excavation has begun. The new line was pressure tested on Monday, December 9th with tie-ins to follow. The trench paving completion is anticipated no later than December 12th, weather permitting.

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Test Fittings installed for Monday 12/9/19 pressure test.

Macdonald & Virginia Wet Weather Improvement Projects

The contractor is continuing to excavate to replace defective pipes.

Contractor is digging in the vicinity of 30th Street and Nevin Avenue

Sewer Lateral Grant Program

The City of Richmond’s Water Resource Recovery Department administers the Sewer Lateral Grant Program. The program reimburses eligible homeowners in the Richmond Municipal Sewer District (RMSD No. 1) for some of the cost to replace their sewer lateral.

The program is open and accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year. 

For more information about the Sewer Lateral Grant Program, please visit or call (510) 620-6594.


Thank you for keeping up with the activities in the City of Richmond.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.

Thank You!

Steven Falk
Interim City Manager
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
(510) 620-6512

You can sign up to receive the City Manager’s weekly report and other information from the City of Richmond by visiting:

See below for options to connect with the City of Richmond.

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Connecting with the City of Richmond

Using the City of Richmond Mobile Application:
The City of Richmond mobile app provides Richmond’s community members with one-stop access to City services and information via mobile devices. The app allows quick and real-time reporting of neighborhood-related issues; viewing the City’s events calendar; finding addresses and phone numbers of local businesses, city departments and council members.  The City of Richmond’s mobile phone app is available on the Apple App store and Google Play store.

We welcome your comments at

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To contact us by phone:

The City’s website ( provides a department and staff directory at

If you’re not sure which department you need to contact, we encourage you to phone the City Manager’s office at (510) 620-6512.

Using the CORConnect Application on the City’s Website:
You can use the CORConnect button on the City’s website ( to report any comments, questions or concerns regarding the work being done by City staff.  The CORConnect issues go directly to the responsible department, and the city manager reviews reported issues on a regular basis to determine if City staff members are responding appropriately.  If you do not feel that you have received a satisfactory response, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (510) 620-6512.

To access CORConnect select the CORConnect button on the homepage of the City website.

Alternatively, you can select the COR Connect button on any other webpage on the left hand side of the page.

On the next screen under Report an Issue select Report Issue/Concern to create a report or Search Issue/Concerns to look up a previously reported issue.  You can also look up previously submitted issues to check on the current status if you provided you name, phone number or email when you submitted it. 

On the page, you can also look up information on a parcel, see permits issued and look up business license information.  If you have a current business license you can pay to renew it online with a credit card.

The recommended browsers are: Microsoft Edge, or Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11 using the compatibility mode. It can be found in the upper right corner of Internet Explorer: click on the "gear" icon and select Compatibility View Settings, then add the site to the list and click "Close".

The City of Richmond is looking forward to feedback from the community on CORConnect. We welcome your comments at

Irene Perdomo
Executive Assistant to the City Manager
City Manager’s Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA  94804
Direct: 510-621-1264
Main: 510-620-6512